I am a research associate in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington working with Rajesh Rao, Dieter Fox and Maya Cakmak. I am also a senior researcher at the Robotics, Perception and Learning Lab at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.
My research is at the intersection of robotics, machine learning, computer
vision, and human-robot interaction. I am particularly interested in learning
approaches that allow mobile robots to perceive and understand large human
environments and exploit that understanding to plan efficient actions and
interaction with human users. This includes such problems as semantic perception
and mapping, learning deep spatial representations, deep learning for navigation
and exploration, and planning with semantic knowledge. My goal is to build
autonomous robots that learn by exploring the real world and solving complex
tasks together with humans.
In Dec 2011, I received my Ph.D in robotics from KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Before joining UW in 2013, I was the Head of Research at OculusAI Technologies, a startup developing mobile applications for vision-based product recognition. Between 2006 and 2012, I was part of the EU integrated projects CoSy, CogX and DIRAC.